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Reviewed by Sheena Monnin for Readers' Favorite
The Red Sandals by Jing Li is a moving memoir about a strong woman who overcomes tremendous odds to leave her home country, travels to America, and builds a life for herself, her husband, and her daughter. The story starts in China when the author is a very small child. She feels unwanted by her parents because she is not a son, and she lives with both verbal and emotional abuse daily. Her grandmother, her mother, and her mother’s friends each show her coldness and unkindness, leading the author to believe that is how she deserves to be treated, a theme that stays with her in her marriage. Eventually, despite incredible odds, she earns her teaching degree in China and fights for a path out of her home country and to America. Her motivation is to provide a wonderful life for her little daughter, and she sacrifices years of her life to be able to give her daughter the freedom, happiness, and opportunity that is in the United States.
Every chapter of The Red Sandals by Jing Li is both heartbreaking and inspiring as the reader follows the life of the author. The honesty within the memoir and the courage of the author to tell her story will endear her to the reader. I was so impressed by the excellent writing style and the flawless transitions between each phase of the author’s life. So many small moments are captured with great care and help the reader to know the author while opening the door to what it was like growing up in China from the 1950s through the 1980s. The story has a happy ending on many levels as the author achieves higher education, changes the lives of hundreds of students through her teaching skills, and successfully brings her daughter to the United States. This story shows how far humans can go with the will, determination, and focus to continue to try against the odds. The author is inspiring and brave!